Top pick on shelf nothing new for Giants

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

USATSI_7995726_110579513_lowresWe learned Monday that the Giants’ top pick in this year’s NFL Draft, WR Odell Beckham Jr., will not be ready to play for several more weeks. He keeps aggravating his ailing hamstring, delaying his NFL debut.

Waiting for first-round picks to make an impact on the field is nothing new to the Giants. Since Jerry Reese became the GM in 2007, he’s drafted a slew of talented players in Round One of the NFL Draft, but few have been able to get on, and stay on, the field.

Reese’s first two top selections (CB Aaron Ross, 2007 and S Kenny Phillips, 2008) both had injury-riddled stints with the club (Ross had two of them, btw). Phillips’ chronic knee kept him from becoming a star. In five seasons with the Giants, Phillips dressed for only 56 games, starting 41. He is currently out of football.

Ross started 24 games in his first two seasons with the Giants, but only managed to start two games over the following two seasons. He bounced back and was a big part of the Super Bowl-winning defensive squad in 2011. After a season with Jacksonville in 2012, Ross returned to the Giants in 2013 only to find himself on IR after four games with a back ailment. Ross was signed as a free agent by the Ravens this past June, but will miss the year with a torn Achilles tendon.

Then came WR Hakeem Nicks in 2009. Nicks was a very productive player early on, but could not overcome nagging injuries and only scored After his relationship with the club turned contentious in 2013, Nicks and the Giants parted ways.

DE Jason Pierre-Paul was selected 15th overall by the Giants in the 2010 NFL Draft. After skyrocketing to stardom in 2011, JPP has been leveled by back and shoulder ailments. He has deemed himself healthy this summer and aims to get back to his 2011 form when he was named an NFL All-Pro.

Nebraska CB Prince Amukamara fell into the Giants’ lap in the first round of the 2011 draft, only to miss most of training camp with a broken foot. He did not make his NFL debut until Week 10 that season. Prince also missed the first two games of last season with a high ankle sprain.

The Giants chose RB David Wilson in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Wilson played all 16 games as a rookie and led the NFL in kickoff returns and yardage, but a neck injury in Week 5 of the 2013 season effectively ended Wilson’s career.

Reese has gotten lucky thus far with last year’s top pick. OL Justin Pugh started all 16 games as a rookie, a rare feat for a Giants’ first-round pick (Lawrence Taylor was the last in 1981). Pugh must be checking himself up down when he gets out of bed every day.

Let’s hope he’s a trend-breaker. And Beckham, once he debuts, follows in his footsteps from there on.




8 comments
njgoomba
njgoomba

It's amazing how ignorant some people are when they post commentd

David Lopez
David Lopez

I'm really beginning to question whether Coughlin's coaching philosophy is conducive to winning in today's NFL?

It's unbelievably frustrating to watch other teams first round picks contribute immediately while this teams first round picks basically waste their entire season on the bench.

Truth is this franchise needs a new and innovative voice at HC. It's been long overdue.

David Lopez
David Lopez

My question is did Beckham have this problem at LSU?

I have always been critical of the manner in which this coaching staff prepare the first round picks to get on the field.

I'm wondering if they push themselves harder than other teams first rounders because they want to impress the coaching staff into giving them playing time understanding this organizations penchant for bringing rookies along slowly.

Christopher Patrick
Christopher Patrick

Some one needs to be held accountable for this surprising rate of injuries, either Jerry or the Medical Staff.

Jeff Comerford
Jeff Comerford

It's too early to say bust - but obviously no one is happy that this is where we are at.  If he gets past this, and is a productive player - no one will remember the hammy issues.

spider43
spider43

@David Lopez ....  That is why I hope that McAdoo could possibly be the heir apparent. I certainly wouldn't want it to be Fewell, because when the defense does well, I think it is in spite of Fewell, not because of him.

njgoomba
njgoomba

Brian, u know nothing about football